Rotary National Young Writer - Wokingham Rotary Club

Our Club again took part in the Rotary National Young Writer competition.   This comprises a local round in 3 age groups between 9 to 18 years old, with the winners from each club being entered in the District  Competition. The winners from these go on to the Rotary National final.  There is a set topic and students can either enter a story of around 750 words or a short poem.

We had 68 entrants for the Young Writer competition this year, entries being mostly from Luckley House school and Yateley Manor school, mainly in the Intermediate section.  We had no entries for the Senior section which was surprising as as last year's entrant from Luckley House reached the National final. This year the Junior section was won by Sam Fussey of Yateley Manor, the Intermediate by Dibra Magar also of Yateley Manor.   Sam Fussey received a commendation from the District Judges and Dibra's entry was the section winner, so goes into the National final.  We wish her luck!

Her poem can be seen below;


If I were a mirror would you see me,
Or a reflection of who you want me to be?
All perfection and no rejection,
No past mistakes with a smooth complexion,
Just the right height and impeccable hair,
All the charm in the world with a touch of flair,
A true work of art wearing the latest fashion,
Nothing but love and oozing compassion.

Would you see my flaws? There're many to see.
Or would you repel the reality of me?
This is who I am, but who do you examine?
Me in authenticity, or me as you imagine?
I would hope you see what's there and real.
I would wish you see in me some appeal,
For I can only be me and me alone,
With all of these flaws in flesh and bone.
Take it or leave it, I refuse to change,
No matter how imperfect, broken or strange.

So, if I were a mirror would you see me,
Or a reflection of who you want me to be?